With spring in the air, people will be digging in their yards as part of landscaping and construction projects. Because of the increased digging activity, property owners need to be aware to call 811 at least 72 hours prior to digging. The free 811 program was created to ensure workers and residents can perform yard and ground work in a safe manner and avoid buried utility lines. When you call the number, a professional will be sent to the job site or home, to mark where utility lines are located. Anyone who damages a utility line may be required to cover the cost for repairs and may also face additional fines.